Hakana Bay

Hakana Bay is in the north-east end of Port Underwood and is recommended in the Pilot as an anchorage.  

It has a great beach that is perfect for a picnic in summer. It is backed by a great abundance of New Zealand's tallest native grass, the Toetoe, which grows along the shoreline. 

The majority of moorings in this area and a wooden wharf are located between neighbouring Ngakuta Bay and Hakana Bay.

Hakana Bay is extremely shallow on its eastern side, and the wharf on the southern side dries for most of its length at low water.

 Cruising boats will find good holding in mud and sand and some shelter from the direct force of the wind.  

The anchorage is satisfactory in most slight winds but as the wind picks up from either N or S, it tends to rise up over the valley, creating a vacuum effect which can cause turbulence in the water. This makes anchoring in stronger winds rather unpleasant.

A stern line is unnecessary in most conditions, although in bad winds it may be preferable to anchor with a line to the southern shore of the bay.

Undesirable but can be pleasant in slight winds.
Offers some shelter in slight winds but is not very sheltered in stronger winds.
Shallow (<5m)
Type of beach
Sand | Gravel | Mud
Swimming | Diving
Rocks/reef/sand bank warnings
Head of the bay dries at low water
Between 5 and 20
Other information
Native toetoe (tall grass) grows along the shoreline. Toetoe is New Zealand's largest native grass, growing in clumps up to 3m in height. Māori had many uses for toetoe, which included making baskets, containers to cook food in hot springs, kites, mats, wall linings and roof thatching. Even the flower stalks were useful - as frames for kites, and in tukutuku panelling. The seed heads themselves were used on fresh wounds to stop bleeding. Other medicinal uses included treatment of diarrhoea, kidney complaints and burns.